Some residents in the Town of Ithaca are petitioning against a proposed development project that would bring 166 rental housing units to a 67-acre parcel on Troy Road.
Supervisor Herb Engman says there are two positions stating the project would bring increased traffic, a negative environmental impact and disruption of the area’s character.
Engman says despite the protest, this site will likely be developed.
“I think everybody including the neighbors realized that this plot is going to get developed at some point,” Engman said. “The question is, ‘How is it going to get developed?’ That’s where the controversy is.”
He says he is puzzled by the opposition to a zoning change that would allow the project, and preserve a large portion of the 67-acre parcel with green space.
He says that option would abut only three or four other properties, as opposed to everything surrounding the lot.